KOTA KINABALU – Likas Bay looked tidier when 25 garbage bags of litter were collected from its beach today.
The garbage was collected by 85 people who converged in that area at about 9am and ended their activities at 10.30.
The participants comprised of 45 volunteers from the City Hall and Universiti Tun Abdul Razak (UNITAR) as well as 20 sailors and 20 marines from a visiting American ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) Navy.
The Senior Chaplain of the USS Navy, Commander Curtis Price, when interviewed shared that community service hoped to enhance interaction with the locals.
He said they enjoyed the interaction with the locals while taking part in the activity as it promoted rapport and understanding among them.
“We appreciate the opportunity to come out and spend time with the locals and we are happy to be here,” he said adding that several recreation and activities will be held to enhance friendship among them.
“Apart from this, we also spent time playing soccer with the Royal Malaysian Navy team,” he said.
Meanwhile, Joannes Solidau City Hall Operation Deputy Director General said he was very grateful for the American Navy’s assistance in cleaning up the beach today.
He said rubbish has been strewn all over the beach by unscrupulous individuals and as such cleaning it up had always been an effort.
Therefore the event today was a boon to the city hall. – By Saila Saidie / sayangsabah